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Landlord/tenant dispute at center of recent Michigan eviction

Most landlord/tenant issues can be avoided when leases and contracts are well-prepared and both sides are clear about responsibilities and expectations. However, even when there are leases in place, landlord/tenant disputes or a landlord's disregard for outlined responsibilities can occur and require legal intervention. Apartment tenants in Michigan are currently dealing with a landlord who allegedly did not live up to his responsibilities, and they claim they are being evicted as a result.

The apartment complex residents say they have been served with eviction notices. The township has declared the building to be unsafe. The residents of the 12-apartment complex say this is the result of the landlord not fixing the apartment complex as he should.

When kids are grown, an estate plan may require changes

When creating estate plans, families often make provisions for minor children, including the financial care and guardianship of those minors. However, minors grow up and often head to college. When a Michigan family sends a now-grown child to college, it may be the perfect time to sit down and rethink an existing estate plan.

An existing plan may give a child a specific amount of money and number of assets. If that child is now 18 and in college, handing him or her a substantial amount of money in the event of parental death may not be what is best for that adult child. One way to ensure funds are distributed and used in a manner of which the parent approves is to create a trust. This can give the parent the freedom to distribute a percentage of the funds at specific intervals rather than in one lump sum, which could open the door to misuse or manipulation by others.

Residential real estate transactions require legal support

The buying, selling and renting of residential real estate property is a legal transaction, one that may be the most valuable transaction you make. Just like any other legal transaction, a residential real estate transaction can become complex and require legal intervention in the way of negotiations or litigation. Michigan homeowners and renters may benefit from a deeper understanding of what complications may arise or which situations may require legal intervention.

Vacation properties can be valuable, just as valuable as a primary residence. Owning one and renting it out can be a great investment, but it can also be a great hassle. For others, the sale of a valuable vacation property can also be a source of investment income. Any complications when selling, buying or renting that vacation home can affect the value and outcome of the transaction.

It takes more than a will to complete an estate plan

Just as everyone's estate is unique and valuable to them and their family, the process of creating an estate plan also needs to be unique and address the individual needs of those who are affected by that estate. However, many people think the process simply entails creating a will to explicitly say who gets what. Michigan residents should understand there can be much more needed aside from a complete and legal will.

First of all, a will only plays a role upon death. If someone is incapacitated, issues still need to be addressed and decisions need to be made. This can entail keeping up with bills or other financial obligations. A power of attorney can outline who will make those vital decisions, especially if the person affected is single and does not want the courts to decide who gets to make these extremely important decisions.

Inheritance dispute still ongoing for Robin Williams' family

A year after his death, the family left behind by comedian Robin Williams is still having a dispute over items and funds the comic left behind. The inheritance dispute has been ongoing, and both sides will be meeting soon in order to come to some kind of resolution. The dispute currently making news in Michigan and elsewhere is between Robin Williams' wife and his children.

The fate of the actor's personal property has caused the strife in need of legal intervention. Reportedly, the children involved have been trying to avoid court invention in the case. According to the reports, Williams wanted trustees he appointed to make the decisions that are now being disputed.

The creation of an estate plan is not just for the elderly

It is estimated that a large majority of young people have not thought about estate planning. The creation of an estate plan is often thought of as an elderly issue or an undertaking to be tackled once a certain level of wealth or assets has been accrued. However, young adults in Michigan may need an estate plan in place many years before they may traditionally think about such ventures.

Sadly, tragedy has no age requirement. Anyone, regardless of youth and vitality, can find him or herself incapacitated and unable to make important health and financial decisions. By having a clear healthcare directive in place as a young adult, family fights or disagreements about medical treatment can be avoided.

Real estate litigation situations can vary in Michigan

Just as with virtually any legal situation, litigation related to real estate transactions or disagreements can be based on a variety of factors. Because any real estate litigation situation in Michigan can become complex, legal support may be necessary to ensure fairness and a timely resolution. Support and guidance becomes particularly important if the situation cannot be resolved through negotiation, and litigation is the only solution for all involved, especially given the value of what may be at stake.

One common area of dispute may relate to title and zoning issues. There may be claims made to a property, and a title dispute can hold up a time-sensitive real estate deal. Local zoning ordinances can be complicated, and deviating from those ordinances can be costly and also hold up progress.

Reasons Michigan families may face a will challenge

Despite the best intentions of a family member, there are many circumstances that can lead to family strife or legal disputes after a loved one has died. While every Michigan family may be vastly different, there are common reasons or mistakes that may lead a family to deal with a will challenge after a loved one has passed away. The loss of a loved one may create an emotionally charged situation, and adding legal complications to the mix may be a situation most families may want to avoid altogether by working ahead of time to avoid a will challenge.

One reason a will challenge may occur is that the expressed wishes of the loved one may not be entirely clear. This can occur even if a will is otherwise legal and documented. Specific assets may have been overlooked, or some family members may not be happy with the distribution of those assets.

Mistakes may be made in the details of an estate plan

Having an estate plan in place long before it is needed is a responsible step most people take the time to make. However, there may still be room for mistakes or mishaps even after a person has had an estate plan drafted and put into effect. By drafting a comprehensive estate plan and then ensuring the details are managed correctly, Michigan family members can ensure wishes are upheld and an estate is handled as envisioned.

One mistake that some make is simple oversight -- not signing the will. Legal documents are worth the time and energy put into drafting them, but only if those documents are finalized. Regardless of the specifics or how well-known intentions and wishes may be, the will is useless without a valid signature. Some may have specific reasons for not signing a will right away, though they should realize that is a risky move.

Understanding trust management and trust options

Creating a trust and managing a trust can be an ideal way to handle assets and funds for loved ones. However, trust management responsibilities should be taken very seriously and require an understanding of the different types of trusts that may suit different needs. Michigan families may want to explore which kind of trust is best and how management of that trust should be handled.

Most people think a trust is created to leave children, minor or adult, a certain amount of money with certain stipulations. For those who want to leave funds to the next generation and deal with children differently, a generation skipping trust is an option. Some people may want to cut out family altogether and leave funds to charity. A charitable trust can be an option for supporting a much-loved cause on your own terms.

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